Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Promoted to Back Seat Driver
Marcus: I have the sads. Jan says I have to keep riding in the back of the SUV.
Percy: I can see you have something. I hope it isn't contagious!
Marcus: I am ignoring Jan. She let me into the front seat but she still says I can't drive.
Percy: I don't blame her!
Marcus: She gets the back of disgust.
Percy: You need to learn anatomy. That's your right shoulder, not your back.
Marcus: Did I hear Jan correctly?
Percy: Probably not. You hear what you want to hear.
Marcus: Jan said if I'm a really good back seat passenger, she'll let me become a back seat driver.
Percy: Oh, good, you might have found your niche, Marcus. I bet you'll make a great back seat driver. Perhaps you could even become a back, back seat driver. You know, ride all the way in the rear with the groceries.
Marcus: I hope Jan gives me my own ignition key.
Marcus: So much as happened since September 25th when we posted Locked Door Motor Running. We're sorry it has taken two weeks to post the answer to the locked door mystery. You probably need a quick reminder of how Jan got locked out of her vehicle. Go ahead. Click the link to review the post. We'll wait.
We left you with Jan standing outside a vehicle with locked doors and the engine running. The spare key was in her purse on the passenger seat. She was alone in the country with no cell phone. How did she break into the car without doing damage?
We left you clues and many of you assumed the window was rolled down and Jan just reached in to unlock the door. If that had been true, Jan wouldn't have been so upset and there wouldn't be a mystery. By the way, I wasn't in the car, so I didn't rescue her by stepping on the button. I only posted my picture to remind you how handsome I am.
We mentioned Jan is not accustomed to air conditioning and likes open windows. Just as she reached Mr. Doug's driveway, she turned off the ac and rolled down the driver's window. Just a little. As it turned out, just enough to stick her arm in the opening - below the elbow - and wave at the passenger window. It didn't wave back and the open part of the window was above her head. No way to reach the buttons.
She didn't think of it at the time but if worst came to worst, she could have searched for someone with a cell phone to beg a ride home to get her spare, spare key. Meanwhile, it was panic time!
Then she had an idea. What surrounds you in the country? Trees! She started searching for a particular type of branch on the ground. Long, thin but sturdy, and with a distinct backward bend. She found the perfect one, stripped the leaves and little branches off it, and finagled it in the window and down to the button. She was successful on the second try.
That mystery has been solved, but why anyone would design a vehicle that locks the doors when the driver steps out is still a mystery.
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